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    2014 Trek X Caliber 8

    So I visited my LBS this past weekend, I am in the market to purchase my first mountain bike as I have been very interested in the sport for quite some time now. I was originally looking at the Trek Mamba as it seemed my best bang for the buck without spending too much money. My LBS informed me that Trek is doing away with the Mamba, Marlin, & Wahoo and now replacing them with the X Caliber series. I test rode the X Caliber 8 and really love the bike. I just want to get some opinions on this bike and see what the community has to say about it. They did not have my size so I ordered it and am getting for $800 which is an amazing price. Please any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    DO IT. I cannot stress enough how happy I am with my X-cal 8. Bought it three days ago and havent stopped grinning since. especially at that price... Lets just say I didnt get such a good deal.

    This is my second g2 geometry bike, and I would recommend everyone try at least one. The amount of confidence that the riding position gives the rider is something of a marvel.

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    Perfect thank you! I just wanted to get some feedback from the community on this bike since I know it is fairly new not too much has been written up about it from what I can see. I will be picking it up on Thursday and taking her on her first trail ride this weekend. So I will keep you posted lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnick975 View Post
    Perfect thank you! I just wanted to get some feedback from the community on this bike since I know it is fairly new not too much has been written up about it from what I can see. I will be picking it up on Thursday and taking her on her first trail ride this weekend. So I will keep you posted lol.
    It is new, but damn is the frame good. They did a lot to shorten the wheelbase the handling is all the better for it. Quick but stable. You'll never feel like you don't have enough bike to get down the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilsanch View Post
    It is new, but damn is the frame good. They did a lot to shorten the wheelbase the handling is all the better for it. Quick but stable. You'll never feel like you don't have enough bike to get down the trail.
    The dimensions are the same as the 2013 X-Cal and Superfly AL. Trek hasn't changed the wheelbase or any other dimension.
    The wheelbase of a 2014 X-Cal8 18.5" is 112.8cm
    The wheelbase of the 2013 X-Cal 19" is 112.7cm.
    Trek and Scott have the best 29 geo for skill development and trail riding.
    At $800 or 25% off of list this is probably the best entry level bike for the money you can get for trail riding.
    Go with the air fork on the 9 if you are a Clyde 250 and above to be able to set the sag.
    Scott doesn't offer a good fork in any bike in this price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    The dimensions are the same as the 2013 X-Cal and Superfly AL. Trek hasn't changed the wheelbase or any other dimensions.
    The wheelbase of a 2014 X-Cal8 18.5" is 112.8cm
    The wheelbase of the 2013 X-Cal 19" is 112.7cm.
    Trek and Scott have the best 29 geo for skill development and trail riding.
    At $800 or 25% off of list this is probably the best entry level bike for the money you can get for trail riding.
    Go with the air fork on the 9 if you are a Clyde 250 and above to be able to set the sag.
    Scott doesn't offer a good fork in any bike in this price range.
    My mistake. I heard that through the grapevine. Gotta fact check more often. Thanks for the info

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    I don't know how much the current ones have in common with their old Gary Fisher sibling, but I still love my '03 X Caliber. After 10 years of hard riding she needs some work, but I plan to fix her up over the winter and use her as my XC/duelsport bike. The current ones look like they come very well spec'd... I'd say go for it.

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    Seems like good components for the price, nice bike. Shifters are a bit low end but not likely a concern - plus a real cheap upgrade if you want to upgrade the rear shifter to X9 in the future.

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    the 2014 superfly's have a shorter chain stay at 17 1/8 and a lower bottom bracket height than 2013. Also have thru axles. seattube/headangle all the same

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    I bought one to, it should be here friday cant wait... I paid 900+ tax 800 is a good deal... the reason I went this route was to stay away from the suntour forks I am a beginner but still read reviews about em and uh, yea u know... whats some other things I can be looking to up grade down the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YellaBoii83 79 View Post
    I bought one to, it should be here friday cant wait... I paid 900+ tax 800 is a good deal... the reason I went this route was to stay away from the suntour forks I am a beginner but still read reviews about em and uh, yea u know... whats some other things I can be looking to up grade down the road?
    You'll need a good pair of pedals if you dont have them already. nothing spoils a nice bike like wellgo nylons. Other than that, it will probably be a decent while before you outgrow the other components. Congrats on the purchase!

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    What pedals would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctacosmos View Post
    the 2014 superfly's have a shorter chain stay at 17 1/8 and a lower bottom bracket height than 2013. Also have thru axles. seattube/headangle all the same
    Test road a carbon 9.8 today(Saturday). All except the 9.9 have 435mm chain stays and 5mm added bb drop. Nice rear compliance with quick solid handling and light weight. I am going to look at the 9.6 with the same frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnick975 View Post
    What pedals would you recommend?
    Depends on you preferences, applications, and priorities. I can only speak for me, which means im looking for lightweight platform pedals. These fit the bill:

    Thinnest pedal platforms on the market. Never snag your pedal again!

    Saving up as we speak. If lightweight is a priority, their magnesium pedals are just about the best you can buy. If you like clipless, I cant make any recommendations. You'll just have to decide if youre looking to tear down some technical singletrack or if you looking for easy pedaling efficiency.

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    I'm using this Azonic pedal. They have both stubby and longer sharp pins.
    I use the stubby with trailrunners.
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    I will deff check out those pedals! I rode the bike for the first time this weekend on the Virginia Key trails here in Key Biscayne, Florida and man I can tell this bike is awesome! It went so smoothly over everything and broke with ease when I needed it to! Only thing I did notice was that I need a pair of good pedals ASAP!

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    I just got an X-Cal 8 this past month, Wow! It's a great bike! Almost got the 9 but the 8 I think offers great parts with still room to make upgrades later

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    I've just got back into riding and my old bike just wasn't worth fixing up so I went out and ended up scoring one of the x-caliber 8's in the July sale for 800. So far i'm really liking it and is such a better bike than my old ironhorse bike.

    I'm still not sure how much I like the sram shifters, but it could just as much me learning how to ride again.

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    Just put the order in on a new 2015 Xcal 8. Should be here in about a week or so...........
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    Go for it! Awesome bang for your buck! Designed to really handle whatever you throw at it. I have had my X cal 8 for a year now and have 700km on it, I have taken it into some heavy trails and single tracks with tough rock drops and the have handle it very well.
    Shimano brakes are superb, frame is rigid and is really designed to handle really well.

    I have however upgraded the pedals to Shimano Saint Pure Gravity, the factory fitted units need to go in the bin as the don't offer enough grip.
    Upgraded tyres to Bontrager XR3 2.3 Team Issue, the XR1 are really good but the XR3 give you more confidence in tight corners, berms and in the fast downhill runs.
    The next step it to upgrade my forks as the SR XCR Suntour 100mm are weak and I need more travel. Currently looking at the Fox Racing Shox 32 FLOAT 29 120mm FIT CTD.
    So in summary even though I am currently tweaking my Trek X Cal, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Awesome bike.

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    Should be here tomorrow or Friday. Already have the Shimano Saint pedals on order! Can't wait to have it in my grubby big hands.....

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    Hey guys, new here.

    I've been out of the MBiking scene for some time now (since college, so 10+ yrs) and just got back into it. Bought a leftover 2014 X Cal 8 this past Thursday for $850, added some Shimano Saints and I plan to upgrade the grips and tires once these see some miles, but this bike comes with some nice components from the factory. Once I "really" get back into it, I may look at some other upgrades, but for now I'm a happy camper. Jury is still out on the wide handlebars... Just not use to the stance.

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    You can cut the bars, but remember; you can't rebiggen 'em once you do! Wait until you're sure you want them shorter and then go in small increments and test after each... I rode narrow bars for years and have no idea why now, wide feels better to me.

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    New guy here; but an old mountain biker. Was pretty competitive back in the 90s, but got married and migrated to some "rails to trails" rides with the wife. Sold the mountain bike (a "Living Extreme" - remember those?) and bought a Raleigh, then a Giant Upland. Got the urge to visit some local single track again and took the Giant out. That Giant took a severe beating on that trail (and I did, too). That was Saturday. Today I went into my LBS and walked out with a 2014 Trek X Caliber 8! I got an okay deal, I think $819 with a year of tuneups. They've worked with me before on some other odds and ends and really came through on a hybrid recently, so I think it was a decent deal. Will let you know how it works out this weekend!

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    I have the 2014 xcaliber 4. I do like the bike colors a lot. I have the shimano m785 clip less on it. The forks is ok for the trails rides I do.

    I would like to upgrade components to SRAM x9 10 speed.

    Other option is to upgrade to 2015 xcaliber 8 green volt. All depends on how much I can get for it as a trade. Still on the 2015 I will upgrade some of the parts to SRAM x9 at least the back derailleur
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